Patrick Dangerfield’s manager, Paul Connors, says the Crows should accept a compensation pick.

Connors said Dangerfield will definitely end up at the Cats, while also imploring Adelaide to accept a compensation pick to avoid a long and difficult negotiation process.

“He’ll be playing for the Cats next year,” Connors said.

“(The Crows) say (they’re going to match the deal), but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before that happens.

“I’m an advocate for free agency and, in my view, they should take the compensation pick.

Hawthorn got pick 20 (in compensation) for Buddy (Lance Franklin) and they went on and won two flags (after he left for the Swans at the end of 2013).

“Patty Dangerfield has given eight years of wonderful service and I think we should respect that he’s coming home and it’s not for money.”

Connors also said that Geelong is likely to offer Dangerfield a five or six year deal.